This week, SCAPE and Wood were in Pensacola, Florida to kick off the Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar Watershed Management Plan with a series of site visits, meetings, and a community meeting on Wednesday evening.
In partnership with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, we are studying access, water quality, ecological conditions, and opportunities for parallel restoration and recreation projects throughout the 18 square mile watershed. Today, both Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar suffer from pollution and are largely cut off from adjacent communities by infrastructure and overgrowth. A key part of the plan is to protect, enhance, and restore habitat and ecological space while expanding public access and recreational amenities connecting residents to the waterways for stewardship and enjoyment.
The community meeting at Booker T. Washington High School was covered in Pensacola News Journal; you can also read about the team’s encounter with a vanishing longleaf pine ecology here; and stay updated in coming months on the project website.